I haven't been "writing" in the traditional sense much lately. After getting Gaudiloquence as good as I can get it (for now), I knew it was time to once again tackle the long, difficult process of revising one of my rough drafts. I chose Princesses in the Trees, a speculative fiction about 12-year-old Jacinda who gets … Continue reading Why did I start a Muppet blog?
At the PNWA conference this summer, I attended a presentation called "What to Expect When You're Publishing." I asked the presenter a question that's been gnawing at me for years... How do you know? We're told that you should only start querying agents when your novel is as good as it can possibly get. But we're … Continue reading Going Forward
Yesterday, I was halfway through facilitating the second and final day of our annual staff retreat when the new Inkwells arrived. I forgot how exhausted and stressed out I was; instead, I shrieked and pranced. Finally. Inkwell is the annual publication written and edited by the staff of the Writing Center where I work. This is my … Continue reading Making Something: “Solidarity in Fiction”
I knew I'd go back to the PNWA conference again this year. I didn't have an agent, so I needed to pitch my book again. I wanted to make new friends and reconnect with the ones I'd made last time. I missed the electricity of three wonderful days in the company of hundreds of fellow word nerds.And … Continue reading PNWA 2016
A lot can happen in seven months. When I last wrote in September, I went away for five blissful days at my summer camp for grownups. When I came back, everything changed very suddenly and painfully. During the months of recovery, I tried a few times to get back into the habit of writing every … Continue reading For Give
In 2010 I had lots of grownup firsts: moved out of my mom's house, got my first full-time job, and fully supported myself. It felt good and necessary, and I'm glad I had the experience. I did data entry job for a company that sold carpets and window treatments. Not thrilling, but I'm great at … Continue reading Summer ILC Week, 10 and beyond: My last quarter at Evergreen
I was an 80s/90s kid, so I grew up with the Internet. I remember the dial-up sounds of connecting to America On-Line back when the Internet was nothing but chatrooms and email. I laughed at the original Hamster Dance. I loved Neopets and LiveJournal, my first exposures to massive online communities.Somewhere in adulthood, my exploration … Continue reading Summer ILC: Weeks 8 & 9: Social media is a strange, terrifying, and magical land